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Proceedings from the 2009 Brooklyn Conference of the Union for Radical Political Economics

Economic Crisis:
Radical Analysis and Radical Responses

Saturday, October 24, 2009

St. Francis College Brooklyn
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
For directions go to: www.stfranciscollege.edu/directions

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

With related video and audio recordings, papers and websites


SATURDAY MORNING

8:30 – 9:15
Registration
Donation of $25 is requested, but conference is open to all regardless of ability to pay. 
Please register in advance (see registration form at www.urpe.org/conf/brooklyn/brookprog.html)

9:15 –  10:15
Morning Plenary Session 
David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY
VIDEO by Terry Morrone http://www.terrymorrone.com/    post productiton by beelmedia.com

AUDIO by Ken Nash, WBAI Pacifica Radio, at www.buildingbridgesradio.org/
Harvey Web Site

10:30 – 11:30
Morning Workshops #1

The Ideological and Methodological Differences Between the U.S. and China in Dealing with the Effects of the Economic Crisis
Sidney Gluck, Professor Emeritus, The New School; Past President USCPFA - NYC
Gluck Web Site

The  Supply of Credit to Non-Financial Firms and Households
Josh Mason, UMass Amherst

Break Up the Banks: Avoid Bigger Bailouts
Nomi Prins, Senior Fellow, Demos; author, It Takes a Pillage
VIDEO by Sabine Aronowsky and Steve deSeve at www.freddybrooklynroundhouse.org
AUDIO by Ken Nash, WBAI Pacifica Radio, at www.buildingbridgesradio.org/
Prins Web Site   Facebook   It Takes a Pillage

Marx's Theory of Economic Crisis: A Dialectical Reconstruction
Bertell Ollman, Professor, Dept. of Politics, NYU;  author of Alienation and Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method; editor – forthcoming work on Marx’s writings on economic crisis
Ollman Web Page

The Real Price of Coffee:  Inefficient Markets, the Rwandan Genocide and Fair Trade
Mark Rego-Monteiro, New York University
Article in Anamesa

BlueGreenMarble Website

11:40 – 12:40
Morning Workshops #2

Roots of the Current Financial and Economic Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism
David Kotz, Professor, Economics Department, UMass Amherst
VIDEO by Terry Morrone http://www.terrymorrone.com/    post productiton by beelmedia.com
Kotz Web Page

Capitalism, Crisis, Renewal: Some Conceptual Excavations
David Laibman, Professor, Economics, CUNY; Editor, Science & Society
AUDIO by Ruth Indeck, Economy Connection - URPE, at http://www.urpe.org/ec/echome.html

Laibman Web Page   Science & Society
   Related Paper (pdf)

Madoff’s Country: Ponzi Finances In the US and Caribbean
Rex McKenzie, Professor,  School of Natural and Social Sciences, SUNY-Purchase
McKenzie Web Page

International Dimensions of the Economic Crisis: Building Class Solidarities Between Social Movements North and South
Chris Rude and Colai Clark, Center for International Political Economic Research
AUDIO by Ken Nash, WBAI Pacifica Radio, at www.buildingbridgesradio.org/

Gloves Off

High-Tech Globalization and Low Wage Capitalisim:
System in Crisis and Prospects for Workers' Fightback

Fred Goldstein, author of Low Wage Capitalism
VIDEO Part I   VIDEO Part II   VIDEO Part III   
by Mike Eilenfeldt, People's Video Network, at http://www.peoplesvideo.org/
Summary of Talk

 

12:40 – 2:00   
Lunch (free to all conference participants)

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

2: 00 – 3:00
Afternoon Plenary Session
Hon. Charles Barron (New York City Council)
VIDEO by Sabine Aronowsky and Steve deSeve at www.freddybrooklynroundhouse.org
AUDIO by Ken Nash, WBAI Pacifica Radio, at www.buildingbridgesradio.org/

NYC City Council Web Page


3:15 – 4:15
Afternoon Workshops  #1

The Fight Against Privatization of Public Schools
Sam Anderson, Coalition for Public Education
Need to Know about NYC Schools PDF
Black Education for Liberation Web Site
    Grassroots Education Movement Web Page
   

Climate Justice Activism
Michael Dorsey, Dartmouth
Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies
Brooke Lehman, Blue Stocking Books
Ashley Dawson, CUNY Graduate Center
VIDEO by Terry Morrone http://www.terrymorrone.com/    post productiton by beelmedia.com
Dorsey Web Page    IPS Janet Redman Web Page
    Sustainable Energy & Economy Network   

What Kind of Recovery Leaves People Worse Off than Before?
Barbara Garson, author: McBird, Money Makes the World Go Around
Steve Kindred, Teamster, Stella D'Oro Strike Committee
VIDEO by Sabine Aronowsky and Steve deSeve at www.freddybrooklynroundhouse.org
Post productiton by beelmedia.com
AUDIO by Ruth Indeck, Economy Connection - URPE, at http://www.urpe.org/ec/echome.html

Building Community, Cooperation, and Affordability: How the Park Slope Food Coop Works
Joseph Holtz, Founder and General Manager of the Park Slope Food Coop
Park Slope Food Coop

The Impact of Port Trucking on Port-Adjacent Communities
Trina Scordo, Senior Organizer/Researcher, Change to Win Labor Federation
Members, Coalition for Healthy Ports
Members/union reps from Stella D’Oro plant, Bronx
Coalition for Healthy Ports


4:30 – 5:30
Afternoon Workshops #2

If the Crisis Is Over, What Comes Next?
Doug Henwood, Editor and publisher, Left Business Observer; host, “Behind the News,” WBAI
VIDEO by Sabine Aronowsky and Steve deSeve at www.freddybrooklynroundhouse.org
Post productiton by beelmedia.com
AUDIO by Ruth Indeck, Economy Connection - URPE, at http://www.urpe.org/ec/echome.html

Left Business Observer
(with link to WBAI radio archives)

Beyond the Statistics of the Crisis: The Impact on Industry
Kevin Lynch, Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW
Estaban Mendiolaza, Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW
Megan Chambers, Laundry Workers Joint Board, Workers United a/w SEIU
Norma Milligan, Laundry Workers Joint Board, Workers United a/w SEIU
VIDEO by Terry Morrone http://www.terrymorrone.com/    post productiton by beelmedia.com

Building the Solidarity Economy in Brooklyn (and NYC)
Yinet Rodriguez, Brooklyn College, Students for Global Justice
Uruj Sheikh, Brooklyn College, Students for Global Justice
Mike Menser, Brooklyn College, Philosophy; NYC Solidarity Economy Network
Tara Mulqueen, Brooklyn College, Student Coffee Coop
NYC Solidarity Economy Network
    PDF of Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

The Green Economy and the Science of “350” (maximum ppm carbon dioxide equivalent)
Dave Shukla, New School

Toxic Housing: Who Controls the Science?
Joel Kupferman, NY Environmental Law and Justice Project
NY Environmental Law and Justice Project


5:30- 6:30
Cocktail Party
(free to all conference participants)

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